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Judy Dull update



Aug. 7, 1957
Los Angeles

Professional photographer David Sutton, 8426 1/2 W. 3rd, tells the Mirror that he spoke with missing model Judy Ann Dull an hour before she disappeared with a photographer calling himself Johnny Glinn (or Glynn).

Sutton said he had been subpoenaed by her husband's attorneys in their child custody case.

"Apparently her husband's lawyers had a notion that I had photographed her in the nude," Sutton said. "That is entirely wrong. Judy Ann was a high-type girl, absolutely straight. She was working to make enough money to keep her baby."

Dull made an appointment to pose for Sutton after she finished her modeling job with Glinn, but she never returned.

Sutton worked for such prominent magazines of the day as Life and Look, and photographed John Wayne many times over their 20-year professional relationship, according to an online biography.

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Hiroshima 12 years later

Aug. 6, 1957
New York


I wish I could find the story that went with this picture, but I haven't been successful so far. I'll keep digging. There's a wiki entry on Hubert Schiffer. 

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Songs of the week

The picks from KWFB-AM (980), Aug. 3, 1957.

I actually recognize most of these tunes; "Old Cape Cod" and "Gold Mine in the Sky" are new to me, but at least I've heard of Patti Page and  Pat Boone.  Alas I can't find a clip of Helen Grayco doing "Black Coffee"--or anything else.  Anyone care to identify  "Happy Pierre in Hi-Fi?" 


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Discord in Alhambra



1957_0805_cars Aug. 5, 1957

Robert D. Smallfield and his former wife, Wilma, have a novel arrangement. Divorced after 17 years of marriage, Robert rents a room from Wilma at their former home, 1222 S. Marengo, Alhambra, so that he can pay her monthly alimony of $60 ($429.92 USD 2006).

He has enough money to buy himself a new Chevrolet and, since he's single, has begun dating, sometimes bringing his dates over to dinner with his ex-wife.

This does not go well.

And so Wilma Alice Smallfield, 44, gets behind the wheel of her 1949 Buick and vents her fury with her ex-husband, his girlfriend and his new Chevrolet.

The fight begins at home when Wilma sees the girlfriend in Robert's new Chevy.

"She rammed the car on Valley Boulevard at Westminster Avenue and Smallfield sped away," The Times said. "But she caught him again, with another blow, on Valley Boulevard at Charnwood Avenue. At the Lillyvale Avenue intersection, she scored the third time.

"Smallfield felt his chances of escape would be better in the hilly section of town, so he took off for the highlands. He lost her, too. He waited a while then sneaked back onto Valley Boulevard. But there she was, waiting in ambush at the Borland Rose crossing, and the duel began again with another smashup.  

"In desperation, Smallfield ducked behind a warehouse at 5359 Valley Blvd., where he works, and this was the final battle scene, where the husband's car was battered at least five more times. 

1957_0805_wilma"As Smallfield got out of his car, he said, his wife tried to pin him between his car and the building. 

"Mrs. Smallfield got out of her car, brandishing a 2x4 club, but Smallfield outran her after tearing out the wiring of her car."


During her arrest and in jail, Wilma insists she meant Robert no harm: "I didn't want to kill him. You can't understand how much I love him. I just wanted to scare him."

And that's it for the "Hey, Martha!" story in The Times. So let's keep digging. Wilma was given a one-year suspended sentence and a $250 fine.

But Robert wasn't at liberty terribly long. He died July 2, 1963, at the age of 48. Wilma lived to be 60, dying in 1973. She apparently never remarried. None of the stories mention any children.

And what became of the girlfriend? The Times is curiously silent on the matter.

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